This traditional-media grocery illustration features three Italian food products that I love and use in my cooking: Polenta, concentrato di pomodoro, and passata.
I’ve been revisiting some of the illustrations in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook, mostly to give them a figurative promotion. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to clean up all the sketches that have a spontaneous flare, so as to elevate them from mere sketchbook experiments to full-fledged illustrations.
I love this illustration because it features three of my staple pantry items. Those are: Polenta (coarsely ground yellow corn), concentrato di pomodoro (concentrated tomato paste), and passata (uncooked tomato purée).
I’m also currently obsessed with electric colours, which is making me push the envelope on my colour palette. Hence, the bright teal background. Although I generally love “tones” (colours with a bit of grey in them), I’ve been gravitating towards bolder colour choices as of late. This illustration is one example.
And yes, I’m going to say it, I’m in love with magenta. In the past, it used to give me a metaphorical headache as I considered it to be too strong for my taste. But I’m now all about magenta, magenta, magenta.
Like previous illustrations in my Analogue Illustration series, this one, too, uses a fine line ink pen and watercolour. The only components that are digital are the teal background and my signature.
Btw, I recently learnt a new term. “Microblogging.” I like the idea of creating short posts that are more about the visuals than anything else. That’s why, I think I’m going to keep it that way, at least for posts that aren’t about food recipes or elaborate illustrated travel posts. I do hope to see you soon with another microblog!
Italian grocery, food packaging illustration, food illustration by illustrator and artist Yaansoon